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18-03-2019, 22:26   #1
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The forgotten heatwave of 1989

I know it's a bit early in the year yet to talking about heatwaves but this has going around my head the last few days. In this country if you mention a memorable heatwave 1976 and 1995 are always the first to come to mind with last years heatwave, 2013, 2006 and 2003 following close behind as well as a lesser extent the heatwaves of 1983 and 1984. Yet 1989 is completely overlooked despite being a very prolonged heatwave all summer from what I've seen (at least it was across the pond in the UK) . Why is this exactly and does any know why it's usually overlooked/forgotten about ?
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I remember being on holiday in Wales that year and it was like a cooker - twas a very enjoyable summer after a run of several poor ones
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I tend to find that August 1947 is the forgotten gem rather than Summer 1989 although I do find it underrated too. July 1989 broke some records at the time for warmest and sunniest July on record in places though not as warm as July 1983 for some.

June 1989 was quite mixed but there was a notable warm spell mid-month whilst August was dull and unsettled. May and July were the highs of that Summer.

Don’t have stats right in front of me at the moment so this is all going off of memory.
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I remember Shannon hit 30 degrees on one day in July that year and was mentioned on BBC weather in passing as a hotspot that day in these islands. I think there were a few 28/29 days as well that year, so yes it is forgotten a bit, but at the time we had had a dismal run of summers prior to that so was notable at the time.
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Summer of 89 ,is one that stand's out in my memory it a coming of age summer for me, one of the best periods of my childhood.beachs BBQs the summer seemed endless that year in the East anyways or as my selective memory tell's me ha ha
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I remember it well, mostly because it was so hot our school principle allowed us to ditch our uniforms and wear our own clothes for the last two weeks of school. It was a convent school so this was a HUGE deal. I was in first class and our classroom was a prefab so it was like an oven.
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I tend to find that August 1947 is the forgotten gem rather than Summer 1989 although I do find it underrated too. July 1989 broke some records at the time for warmest and sunniest July on record in places though not as warm as July 1983 for some.

June 1989 was quite mixed but there was a notable warm spell mid-month whilst August was dull and unsettled. May and July were the highs of that Summer.

Don’t have stats right in front of me at the moment so this is all going off of memory.
I remember that we also had very warm dry weather for much of May 1989. I distinctly recall getting sunburnt in early May that year.
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I remember that we also had very warm dry weather for much of May 1989. I distinctly recall getting sunburnt in early May that year.
I said May and July were the highs of that Summer. I did a post for you if I remember correctly on May 1989 last year in the stats thread.

I made a graph last year too consisting of multiple stations' daily maximum temperatures during June to August 1989. Looking back on it, it's pretty crap so I have gone and redone it here and added May 1989 too along with some more Irish stations.



July 1989 had 29 consecutive days at Kilkenny with 20c or more (including 7 consecutive days with 25c or more, would be 11 consecutive days if others weren't separated by one 23c day), not as much as July to August 1995 but still excellent by Ireland standards.
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I sort remember bailing hay on the 30th or the 31st of May. Probably it was either 1989 or 1991.
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I was six; it was the first time I got badly sunburned. I remember peeling huge chucks of skin off my back.
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I remember it for two reasons; the heat, and my older sister's French friend coming to visit.
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I was six; it was the first time I got badly sunburned. I remember peeling huge chucks of skin off my back.
I remember the sunburn too. I was 7, and my back was destroyed. Couldn’t get a soft enough t shirt for comfort and big chunks peeling off eventually. Competition with the brothers to peel the biggest chunk of skin off each other’s backs.

My other memory that same summer was a roasting hot couple of days bagging turf in the bog, and my uncles car running out of petrol or overheating on day 2 so we were stranded on the bog road in baking heat for hours.
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I was 16 in the summer of 1989. May and July were very warm and dry. June and August weren't bad either. I remember the Rep. of Ireland playing Malta and Hungary at the end of May/beginning of June and the weather was brilliant. The grass was yellow/brown by the time we went back to school in September. This video reminds me of the good weather we had that summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao

If I remember correctly the winter of 1988/89 was a mild one as well. March and April were cool but the end of November up to February was very mild. Remember playing football on Valentine's day in a t shirt!
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Was on a one week school's holiday to Wexford back then, the weather was so good, but factor 4 sunscreen was all I had and other people putting on baby oil...not so good...I remember the peeling skin of that year...

It is a pity Kilkenny didn't get a new weather station, no offense to Oak Park, but Kilkenny is sort of unique in Ireland with hills to over 300 metres on its borders and a lower centre which made it have some of the hottest summer days and coldest winter nights.
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I remember the sunburn too. I was 7, and my back was destroyed. Couldn’t get a soft enough t shirt for comfort and big chunks peeling off eventually. Competition with the brothers to peel the biggest chunk of skin off each other’s backs.

My other memory that same summer was a roasting hot couple of days bagging turf in the bog, and my uncles car running out of petrol or overheating on day 2 so we were stranded on the bog road in baking heat for hours.
Oh my god, the sibs and I did this too that time. Children are such freaks.
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